In brief (June 1)

Signs of hope

  • France wants to welcome tourists again from the middle of June. Spain from the beginning of July.
  • TUI hopes to restart at the beginning of July.
  • The Atomium, one of the most important Belgian symbols, reopens its doors on the 1st of July. Prinses Astrid, prince Lorenz, children of our King and Sophie Wilmès, Belgian prime minister will attend.
  • Belgians are again allowed to visit family and to shop across the border.

and yet…

  • Brasserie De Groote Witte Arend, an iconic restaurant in Antwerp where groups were very welcome, has filed for bankruptcy. The lock-down and of lack of tourists took its toll.
  • Canada has announced that any cruise ship that carries more than 100 people will be prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until at least Oct. 31, pushing off the possibility of a summer cruise ship season.
  • Australia’s Minister for Health extended until September 17, 2020 the restrictions that prohibits international cruise ships having sailed from a foreign port from entering an Australian port. This decision extends the rules first imposed on March 27 that prohibited any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers from operating cruises in Australia.
  • Viking River Cruises has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

Regarding dates that cruiselines want to restart their services, you can find a most interesting list in Cruise Critic (May 29th): When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

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